Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa Senators
2012–13 Ottawa Senators season
Conference Eastern
Division Northeast
Founded 1990
(began play in 1992)
History Ottawa Senators

1992–present

Home arena Canadian Tire Centre
City Ottawa, Ontario
Colours Red, black, gold and white

                       

Media Sportsnet East
RDS
TVA Sports
Team 1200
Owner(s) Eugene Melnyk
General manager Bryan Murray
Head coach Paul MacLean
Captain Daniel Alfredsson
Minor league affiliates Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Elmira Jackals (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 0[note 1]
Conference championships 1 (2006–07)
Presidents' Trophies 1 (2002–03)
Division championships 4 (1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06)

The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Senators play their home games at the 19,153 seat (20,500 capacity) Canadian Tire Centre, which opened in 1996.

The team was started by Ottawa real estate developer Bruce Firestone, the team is the second NHL franchise to use the Ottawa Senators name. The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a rich history, winning 11 Stanley Cups[1] and playing in the NHL from 1917 until 1934. On December 6, 1990, after a two-year public campaign by Firestone, the NHL awarded a new franchise, which began play in the 1992–93 season.[2] The current team owner is Eugene Melnyk,[3] and in 2011, the club was valued by Forbes Magazine at $201 million.[4]

The team has had success, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in twelve of the past fourteen seasons, four division titles, the Presidents' Trophy in 2003 and appeared in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. The success has been reflected in attendance. The club has averaged over 18,000 fans per game since 2005–06, peaking at 19,821 in 2007–08.[5]

Players and personnel[change | edit source]

Team captains[change | edit source]

Nat From To
Laurie Boschman Canada 1992 1993
Mark Lamb
(Oct–Mar)
Canada 1993 1994
Brad Shaw
(Oct–Mar)
Canada
Gord Dineen
(Mar–Apr)
Canada
No captain 1994 1995 (lockout)
Randy Cunneyworth Canada 1995 1998
Alexei Yashin Russia 1998 1999
Daniel Alfredsson Sweden 1999 2013
Jason Spezza Canada 2013 present

Source: Ottawa Senators 2009–10 Media Guide, p. 206.

Lamb and Shaw were co-captains for most of the 1993-94 season.
After Lamb was traded, Dineen replaced Shaw as captain for the rest of the season.

Head coaches[change | edit source]

Nat From To Regular Season Playoffs
G W L T OTL Pct G W L Pct
Rick Bowness[6] Canada 1992 1996 235 39 178 18 .204
Dave Allison[7] Canada 1996 1996 25 2 22 1 .100
Jacques Martin[8] Canada 1996 2004 692 341 234 82 20 .592 66 31 35 .470
Roger Neilson[9] Canada 2002 2002 2 1 1 0 0 .500
Bryan Murray[10] Canada 2005 2008 182 107 55 20 .643 34 18 16 .529
John Paddock[11] Canada 2007 2008 64 36 22 6 .609
Craig Hartsburg[12] Canada 2008 2009 48 17 24 7 .427
Cory Clouston[13] Canada 2009 2011 198 95 83 20 .530 6 2 4 .333
Paul MacLean Canada 2011 present 82 41 31 10 .561 7 3 4 0.430

General managers[change | edit source]

Nat From To
Mel Bridgman Canada 1991 1993
Randy Sexton Canada 1993 1995
Pierre Gauthier Canada 1995 1998
Rick Dudley Canada 1998 1999
Marshall Johnston Canada 1999 2002
John Muckler Canada 2002 2007
Bryan Murray Canada 2007 present

Source: Ottawa Senators 2009–10 Media Guide, p. 206.

Honoured members[change | edit source]

Hall of Famers[change | edit source]

  • Roger Neilson – Senators assistant coach & head coach (2001–03), was inducted (as a Builder) on November 4, 2002, for his career in coaching.

Retired numbers[change | edit source]

Ottawa Senators retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
8 Frank Finnigan RW 1923-31, 1932-34 October 8, 1992 1
99 2 Wayne Gretzky C - February 6, 2000 [14]
  • 1 Finnigan was honoured for his play from 1923 through 1934 for the original Ottawa Senators (as a right wing, 1923–31 & 1932–34). He was the last surviving Senator from the Stanley Cup winners of 1927 and participated in the 'Bring Back The Senators' campaign.
  • 2 Gretzky's sweater number was retired league-wide by the NHL.(Source: NHL staff (2001). National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2002). Dan Diamond & Associates.

All-time players[change | edit source]

Team record[change | edit source]

Statistics and records are current after the 2011–12 season, except where noted.

Season-by-season record[change | edit source]

For the full season-by-season history, see List of Ottawa Senators seasons

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Last five seasons
Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2007–08 82 43 31 8 94 261 247 2nd, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarter-finals, 0–4 (Penguins)
2008–09 82 36 35 11 83 213 231 4th, Northeast Did not qualify
2009–10 82 44 32 6 94 225 238 2nd, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Penguins)
2010-11 82 32 40 10 74 192 250 5th, Northeast Did not qualify
2011–12 82 41 31 10 92 249 240 2nd, Northeast Lost in Conference Quarter-finals, 3-4 (Rangers)
All-time
GP W L T OTL GF GA
Overall 1446 638 620 115 73 4152 4269
Home 723 348 274 60 41 2147 1983
Away 723 290 346 55 32 2005 2286

Source: Ottawa Senators.[15]

References[change | edit source]

  1. NHL counts 11. Hockey Hall of Fame count is 10.
  2. Finnigan, p. 201
  3. "#14 Ottawa Senators". Forbes. November 8, 2007. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/31/biz_07nhl_Ottawa-Senators_318444.html. Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  4. "Ottawa Senators on the Forbes NHL Valuation List". Forbes. November 30, 2011. http://www.forbes.com/teams/ottawa-senators/. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. "NHL Attendance Report". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  6. "Rick Bowness Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/bowneri01c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  7. "Dave Allison Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/allisda01c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  8. "Jacques Martin Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/martija99c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  9. "Roger Neilson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/neilsro99c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  10. "Bryan Murray Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/murrabr99c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  11. "John Paddock Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/paddojo01c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  12. "Craig Hartsburg Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/hartscr01c.html. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
  13. "Cory Clouston Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/clousco99c.html. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  14. "Gretzky's number retired before All-Star Game", Sports Illustrated, 7 February 2000
  15. Ottawa Senators staff (2011). 2011–12 Senators Media Guide (pdf). Ottawa Senators. p. 199. http://senators.nhl.com/v2/ext/PDFs/2011-2012_OttawaSenators_MediaGuide_LR.pdf. Retrieved March 25, 2012.

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. NHL Media Guide 2010. The original Senators (also known as the Ottawa Hockey Club) organization won eleven Stanley Cups, not the current organization founded in 1990. Neither the NHL or the Senators claim the current Senators to be a continuation of the original organization or franchise. The awards, statistics and championships of both eras are kept separate and the NHL franchise founding date of the current Senators is in 1991.

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